Friday 25 May 2012

Week 6 Update

It's been a busy week in the Year 7 & 8 team, especially for the Football team. Congratulations on your wins over Queenspark School (7,0) and over the staff (4,1).

On Thursday we enjoyed a most informative talk from Belinda Whyte, a scientist working in the field of possum control.

Thursday also saw some very impressive wacky hairstyles, in support of the Student Council's fund raising venture for The Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Check out the photo gallery.

A notice has been sent home re our field trip to Orana Park on Thursday May 31st. Children are to wear warm tidy mufti with sturdy footwear. No lunch orders on this day and please remember a water bottle. As we will be doing lots of walking, a day pack would be preferable.

Adolescent Boys: Releasing the Hero Within. This is a free seminar by Shirley Boys High Headmaster, John Laurenson. Wednesday June 13 from 6:45 - 8:30pm. No charge. Venue: Spartan Room, 2nd floor, Sports Complex (off North Parade). To book a place phone Kirsten 3757075 ext 213 or email

Shirley Boys High School: We have been sent several copies of the Shirley Boys' prospectus. If you would like a copy please see Nicky Dunlop in Room 19.

Saturday 19 May 2012

Week 5 update

Cross Country: Well done to all of those who ran at the South Zone Cross Country on Thursday. There were a number of impressive results. Special congratulations go to Emily, 1st (a stunning finish), Jacob (1st) , Jack M (2nd), Hannah (2nd), Beth (5th). These runners and seven from Year 5 & 6 will represent Beckenham at the Canterbury Cross County later this term. Click on the photo gallery tab to see more pics.
Mr Rodger advises the Yr 11 old boys team.
Fun on Thursday: While the runners were at their race, the rest of the team formed groups and completed the 'Wildlife Sanctuary Challenge'. This involved designing an enclosure, creating a TV add and designing gift shop products for a specific endangered species. We were delighted with the students' enthusiasm, engagement and the quality of their results; given the limited time-frame.

The finishing touches are put on the turtle enclosure.
Drama Club: Thursday lunchtime is a highlight for many students; it's Drama Club day. Last week Stephanie and Nicole who were visiting on work experience from Linwood College, worked with the group.

Sport: We have just had our first round of sport at Hagley Park. The football teams both had wins, while the netball teams met very challenging opposition and lost. Next week hockey and rugby get under-way.

Orana Park Field-Trip: Many thanks to those of you who helped out with or supported our sausage sizzle. With this fund raising we have been able to reduce the cost of our Orana Park visit to $9. This field trip will be a full day on Thursday May 31st. I will notify the Roger Hamilton (guitar teacher) to let him know his Year 7 & 8 students will be away that day.

Famine: 20/40 Hour Famine packs were distributed on Friday. Please read information through carefully, collect sponsors and prepare to famine!

Friday 11 May 2012

Week 4 Update

Cross Country: Superb effort from everyone on Thursday afternoon. Congratulations to Hannah, Callum, Emily and Jacob for winning their events. Shortly Mr Rodger will confirm teams for the South Zone Cross Country which is on the morning of Thursday May 17. Scooby has again been won by Room 18, great effort 18ers! Click on the photo gallery to see the runners in action.

Sausage Sizzle: We are running a sausage sizzle on Friday (May 18) to raise money for our Orana Park visit. We are seeking some keen parents to help; please let Tracy Inwood, Room 17, know if you are available. After the sausage sizzle we will let you know the cost of the Orana Park field trip.

Hagley Park Sport: This competition starts on Friday (May 18). A notice is coming home soon with details of equipment, bus charges e.t.c. Those not involved in the Hagley Competition, will be playing sport and participating in outdoor challenges at school.

Shirley Boys' High School: C V Gallagher Academic Scholarship for $1000. Contact SBHS for details.

Friday 4 May 2012

Week 3 Update

A huge thanks to Room 18 and the Drama Club for putting together such as fabulous PRIDE Assembly. Check out the Photo Gallery for more great pictures.

We had a very successful session with The SPCA this week as a lead in to our Endangered Species unit. We have booked a field trip to Orana Park on Thursday May 31st. A sausage sizzle will be held later this term to subsidise costs. More details later.

Cross Country in this Thursday afternoon, May 10th. The children have been putting lots of effort into their training. Parent support is most welcome on Thursday.

Friday Winter Sport starts in just two weeks. We are desperately seeking 2 netball, 1 hockey and 1 football coach. Please let Bruce Roger know if you can help out.

It is Open Day season:

  • Christ College: Thursdays in May: 3, 10, 17 and 24. Applications close Friday May 25 at 4pm. Scholarships available, see flier in window of Room 16 and check out
  • Shirley Boys High: Community Open Night: Wed June 6 from 6:30. Parent Info evenings Sun May 20 and Wed May 23 from 6:45pm.

Volleyball. Year 7 & 8 every Sunday  from 13th May, 2 - 3:30pm. Christchurch GHS Gym, Matai St Riccarton. $2 per session. More details contact:

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Cashmere High School Open Day

Cashmere High School Open Day
  • Tuesday 29th May from 4:00 - 6:30
  • Principal address: 4 - 5pm
  • Guided tours: 4:30 - 5:30
  • 2013 prospectus and scholarship application forms will be available.